Cops investigating link between missing Grab driver and body found in Tuaran

KOTA KINABALU: Police are investigating whether the discovery of a body in Tuaran on Monday (May 27) is connected to the case of missing Grab driver, Mohd Hanafiee Jaffar.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said Mohd Hanafiee's family members were informed about the discovery, and they would be identifying the body.

"We have to see whether there is any connection between our missing persons case, and the discovery of the body, which is under the jurisdiction of another police station (Tuaran).

"Though we have requested Mohd Hanafiee's family members to identify the body, we cannot yet confirm that it is him.

"As of now, he is still considered missing," ACP Habibi told reporters at the Ramadan Bazaar in Sembulan here.

However, ACP Habibi said there is a strong likelihood that foul play was involved in Mohd Hanafiee's disappearance as there were blood stains found in his car.

"We hope the public will not disseminate untrue and unverified versions of the incident.

"When they do that, it jeopardises the investigation," he added, saying that police will issue a statement on the case soon.

Mohd Hanafiee, a full-time Grab driver, went missing early Saturday morning (May 25) near here.

According to the police report lodged by Hanafiee's girlfriend, his car was found parked near the Ramadan Bazaar in Indah Permai at about 12.30am Sunday (May 26).

She said the vehicle was locked and empty, with blood stains on the steering wheel, handbrake, front door and mirror.

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